40 Days: Day 18 – Structure vs Spontaneity

First of all – this marriage proposal…

Imagine if the planning of this didn’t go quite according to what was at least conceived in the grooms mind?

Although this is definitely seen as something new and definitely unexpected, it’s the structure and the execution of the plan that enables the thrill factor.

Thus begins the tension.

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I love how Jesus fed 5000 in Matthew 14:13-20

“13 When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart : andwhen the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities. 14 And Jesus wentforth , and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healedtheir sick. 15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying , This is a desert place,and the time is now past ; send the multitude away , that they may go into the villages, and buythemselves victuals. 16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart ; give ye them to eat .17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. 18 He said , Bring themhither to me. 19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the fiveloaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed , and brake , and gave theloaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. 20 And they did all eat , and were filled :and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.”

I love how Jesus responds to this situation of need with what appears as a spontaneous miracle of feeding 5000 with five loaves and two fishes. The miracle in and of itself seems something so spontaneous, spurred on by the hungry crowds. But if you look closely, there are elements in Jesus spontaneity that show a structured response, that we can all look at:

He commanded them to sit down on the grass – resting in his capabilities and not ours is always the best environment for the miraculous.

He took the five loaves and two fish – give what you have to the LORD

He looked to Heaven – his help would come from there

He gave thanks – he hadn’t received the multiplication yet, but Jesus took an attitude of advance thanks

He gave it to the disciples – allowing for others to be not just witnesses but participants in the miraculous

12 baskets full for left overs – have you ever wondered where the 12 baskets came from? Jesus was prepared for overflow.

So much to learn here – but God is trying to teach me to always plan for the spontaneous.

Song of the day: Forever Jones – He Wants it All

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